Re: Belichick:"Make them go to Manningham"
posted at 2/13/2012 1:34 AM EST
In Response to Re: Belichick:"Make them go to Manningham"
[QUOTE]It did work. Obviously, you can't shut the door against a good offense, but limiting damage all game means ti worked. Absolutely. GREAT gameplan, good execution. Nicks and Manningham had no TDs, Cruz had that 1 which unfortunately happened due to a dumb too many men penalty and the gameplan would have been framed at Patriots Place without a Brady INT or a Welker drop. Ref, John Parry "That (Welker's drop) was the ballgame." YUP If no Brady INT and no Welker drop, NE's D allows the least amount of points in a SB as a D (13), since the 2000 Ravens (7). PUT THAT YOUR IN BRADY BALLWASHING PIPE.
Posted by RustyGriswold[/QUOTE]
How can you say it worked? The especially on the final drive? Allowing a team to score on 3 of 4 second half possessions is bad game planning and bad execution. Isn't a too many men penalty either a coaching or execution error? Maybe if the Patriots aren't playing with guys, they don't manage to force that fumble.
You love to play these games where you say, if you take away x and y then z. The truth is, despite what the ref may have said, even if Welker catches that ball there is no way you know that the Patriots would have scored or that the Giants would not have still comeback and won. I could just as easily say, if not for the holding call towards the end of the first half and the non-PI call on Moore early in the fourth quarter this game would have been 35-10 Giants.
Even remotely comparing the Patriots defense to the 2000 Ravens is completely laughable:
The Ravens forced 4 turnovers versus the Patriots forcing 0.
The Ravens allowed 2.6 yards per play versus the Patriots allowing 5.6.
The Ravens allowed 152 yards of total offense versus the Patriots allowing 396.
The Ravens allowed the Giants to cross the 50 twice in the entire game versus the Patriots allowing it on 8 of 8 possessions.
The Ravens forced nine 3-and-outs versus the Patriots forcing 0.
Oh and by the way, the Ravens turned the ball over in that game once themselves so why should you get to pretend the Brady pick never happened.